It’s no secret that collaboration is incredibly important in business. But, why? And how do you become an effective collaborator?
To answer these two fundamental questions, we asked Naomi Timperley – an expert in collaboration.
An experienced partnerships and engagement consultant, Naomi has extensive experience working with startups and growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors. She has successfully helped hundreds of individuals and businesses to develop by expanding their network of meaningful connections and facilitating effective collaboration. Naomi was also named one of Computer Weekly’s 50 most influential women in UK IT of 2018.
Without further ado, here’s some expert insight from Naomi on accelerating businesses through collaboration.
“First of all, it’s really important to know how to work together within your own organisation before you start thinking about external collaboration. Knowing your team, making sure everyone feels connected to each other and are working towards the same goals is what holds your business together and enables you to grow. Once you’ve mastered internal collaboration, external collaboration is much more effective.”
“Collaboration leads to many new opportunities which let you achieve your goals quicker and help your business grow. People often forget to think about how they can work together with different people and organisations to achieve their goals, and that’s what collaboration is all about.
“It’s also about bringing industries and organisations together. It’s crucial for organisations to work together within all the different types of industries. Working with people in different sectors from different backgrounds broadens your perspective, your reach and your ideas which drives your business forward. You also develop brand new skills which allow your business to be more agile and future-proof.
“Collaboration boosts your credibility if you do it right. For people looking for investment, investors look at the partnerships you make as a measure of your credibility, as some are notoriously picky about who they choose to partner with. It’s important to make valuable connections with organisations that you know reflect your brand, your ethos and your goals. Partner with people that have a positive impact on you and your business.”
“I’ve been a mentor for nearly 10 years now and worked with more than 250 individuals and businesses. One thing I’ve found is that building partnerships and collaborating is a quick win for everybody if done properly. As a country we could definitely collaborate better. We need to be much more joined up and open-minded.
Well, that’s all from Naomi Timperley for now. However, if you want to hear more from her and other collaboration experts then check out the latest UKFast webinar.
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